Another fixture in which if blues performed well, they could get something out of, but because of a mix of poor tactics and a rocked team, it was a walk in the park for the visitors Queens Park Rangers.
Birmingham began the game on the back foot, they couldn’t get a proper grip on the ball and when they did, QPR stopped them in their tracks. Jota started once again and so did Jermaine Boga, despite his penalty miss against Fulham last weekend. Loaned Sam Gallagher got the nod from manager Steve Cotterill ahead of Lukas Jutkiewicz.
QPR had a big focal point in striker Matt Smith, and other forward Conor Washington in behind him was causing problems for Michael Morrison. Harlee Dean, however, was headstrong in defence. Blues took most of the first half to have their first shot, which was a header by captain Morrison from a corner. It was probably the poorest half of football I have ever seen Birmingham play, even when they were under Gianfranco Zola…
And this continued when Jack Robinson floated in unmarked from a corner to softly put QPR into a commanding lead. Considering going into the game Blues were unbeaten against all of the top 6, it still shows that even if you beat the better teams you can still be a weak team. The fans were calling for Steve Cotterill’s head after the Fulham game and if they were to lose the game today it would be an even worse situation.
I’m not sure what Cotterill said to the Birmingham players in the dressing room at half time, but they came out in the second half and ran Ian Holloway’s men raggid with their passing play, Maxime Colin and Jota were fast down the right hand side and David Davis came into the game more. For the first 20 minuets of the second 45, Blues were looking like a totally different side.
With QPR not being the best team themselves, you’d have hoped Blues were to get back in the game and they did deep into the second half with a goal from Southampton loanee Sam Gallagher, which was a goal he deserved; not scored in the best fashion but a goal’s a goal.
After that, Birmingham were in the driving seat and the fans were rallying them on to take the lead and get a rare win, but that was eventually shut out when a second goal from defender Jack Robinson sent the home fans home with yet another defeat from their team and one that Blues should have really won.
I’m sure the fans are going to be angry at Steve Cotterill, but in my opinion it’s not his fault, the club has been shaken and rocked ever since the sacking of Gary Rowett and the group of players Cotterill has to work with are players from three different managers. Blues fans be careful what you wish for because there are not many managers out there that would come to Blues. Is it a time for another sacking, or do the board let Cotterill have the money to do what he wants in the new year?
RB Colin , CB Morrison , CB Dean , LB Grounds
RCM Davis , CM Kieftenbeld , LCM Gardner
RW Jota , CF Gallagher , LW Boga
Queens Park Rangers:
RCB Baptiste , CB Onuoha , LCB Robinson
RWB Wsolek , RCM Scowen , CM Luongo , LCM Freeman , LWB Bidwell
RS Smith , LS Washington
Possession: Blues 55% , QPR 45%
Shots: Blues 12 , QPR 11
Shots on target: Blues 2 , QPR 3
Corners: Blues 7 , QPR 3
Fouls: Blues 12 , QPR 16